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Boston Area: School Age | October 23 - 25, 2017

Boston
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  • Four Points by Sheraton Norwood
  • 1125 Boston Providence Tpke
  • Norwood, MA 02062
  • The Social Thinking Group Block is full. Please contact the hotel to learn about the best available rates.
  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 09/22/2017
Description

At this conference we’ll teach strategies designed for your school-age literal thinkers and nuance-challenged social communicators. Interested in strategies specifically for ages 4–7? Check out our sister conference in Greater Boston Oct. 11–12!

Over the first two days of the school-age conference, explore lessons that translate abstract concepts into digestible, concrete ideas and discover strategies that refine perspective taking while attending to students’ mental health. On the third day, sample a lineup of our influential Providers’ Conference speakers and bring back powerful and innovative ideas to your community.

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You deserve to be treated well! We are proud to provide conference attendees with all day coffee & tea and a full lunch buffet with afternoon dessert. A sampling of vegetarian & gluten free options are available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.

 

We also want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible for your budget and are happy to provide you with Early Bird and Team Discount Rates.

General Schedule
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Sign in, get name badge & folder 
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm: Conference 
    12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Lunch Provided 
    12:50 pm – 3:45 pm: Conference
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Monday October 23, 2017

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners

SOLD OUT

ages 5 - young adult

Delve into strategies for our more literal learners who may have ASD, ADHD, language learning, or sensory integration challenges. These students are often perplexed by the abstractions of school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and may appear aloof and less organized. Discover how best to teach based on the individual's age and how to enhance learning through inclusion. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to educational standards at the state level (including the Common Core). Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools!
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This conference day focuses on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to the Common Core/State Standards and support the student with significant social processing challenges. We will concentrate specifically on students who are described as Challenged or Emerging Social Communicators (CSC and ESC) on our Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile. These students are more literal, more aloof, miss sarcasm, are less organized, show marked difficulty reading social contextual cues from people and the situation, comprehending reading material, expressing themselves through writing, and appear more awkward in their attempts to socially engage with their peers. The emphasis of this day will be around expanding our understanding of where to start and how to progress with these students based on their age, what is realistic to teach, and how to apply this learning in the inclusion-based classroom. Because this conference day is focused on expanding and deepening knowledge around Social Thinking strategies, it is advised that participants already have basic knowledge about Social Thinking and introductory treatment concepts. Participants should familiarize themselves with the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile by reading the article, Social Communication Learning Styles as a Guide to Treatment and Prognosis: The Social Thinking‐Social Communication Profile™. *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Tuesday October 24, 2017

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems

SOLD OUT

ages 5 - young adult

Explore the needs of nuance-challenged social communicators who may have diagnoses such as Asperger's syndrome, ASD, ADHD, or Social Anxiety. Often part of mainstream classes, these individuals struggle with the intricacies of social relationships, homework assignments, and working in peer-based groups. Discover effective strategies that encourage perspective taking and executive functioning while attending to mental health. Leave with nuance-based social learning lessons for use in both treatment plans and the classroom to help improve performance for educational standards at the district and state levels (including the Common Core).
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This conference day will explore how to work with individuals who struggle with self-regulation, social anxiety, and depression (Nuance Challenged Social Communicator). We will offer nuance-based social learning activities that connect to the Common Core Standards, and take a deeper look at how teaching lessons related to social nuance differs from teaching social “rules.” Individuals in this group may represent a range of diagnoses such as: ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, NVLD – or be undiagnosed. Nuance-based social learners tend to have significant issues, yet they are least likely to get peer mentor support because they often appear to “blend in” with their peers, at least from an adult perspective. They are also the most likely to be bullied since they are seen by their peers as subtly different. As a result, they may have significant social anxiety and experience meltdown moments. Many have considerable challenges with Executive Functioning such as asking for help, working in peer-based groups, and doing homework. There tends to be an underlying struggle to interpret the intentions and perspective of others, but a keen ability to notice when others aren’t following the social rules. These individuals often act without a deeper understanding of the social situation or how their actions affect those around them. Because this conference day is focused on expanding and deepening knowledge around Social Thinking strategies, it is advised that participants already have basic knowledge about Social Thinking and introductory treatment concepts. Participants should familiarize themselves with the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile by reading the article, Social Communication Learning Styles as a Guide to Treatment and Prognosis: The Social Thinking--‐Social Communication Profile™. *Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Wednesday October 25, 2017

4 Courses in 1 Day: Building Social Competencies at School and Beyond

age 5 - young adult

Fill your toolbox with a variety of fresh and powerful ideas! This collection of short courses provides clear, practical, creative, and inclusion-oriented teachings to fuel your imagination and your motivation. Originally presented at the Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference, these courses received rave reviews and offered such pertinent strategies that we were inspired to share them with the world. The day will cover: 1) Social Thinking’s new Social Competency Model, outlining four steps to teaching social competencies; 2) tips for implementing the Social Thinking Methodology school-wide; 3) how to create project-based learning where everyday materials are leveraged for motivating social competency lessons; and 4) implementing a peer coaching program in which teens and young adults can practice what they’ve learned and support peers.
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Fill your toolbox with a variety of fresh and powerful ideas! This collection of short courses—originally presented at the Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference—received rave reviews and offer such pertinent strategies that we were inspired to share them with the world. Together, these short courses provide clear, practical, creative, and inclusion-oriented teachings to fuel your imagination and your motivation.


Building Social Competency Using Everyday Stuff: Project-Based Learning and Social Thinking

Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, Social Thinking Chief Strategy Officer of Research and Clinical Services

Developing motivating, yet targeted, activities and lessons for expanding social competencies can be challenging—even for the most seasoned professional. And, the costs associated with obtaining commercial products for intervention packages can be a hardship for therapists or educators on a shoestring budget. The idea that social goals can be targeted in project-based group activities using materials readily available to almost anyone is both appealing and cost effective. Project-based learning (PBL) is one way therapists and educators can teach on a deeper level at a slower pace, while targeting flexible thinking, social thinking, and social problem solving through inquiry, collaboration, and self-management. Social Thinking is a cognitive-based methodology whose constructs and philosophy are complementary and supplementary to PBL. This talk will show examples of how two different Social Thinking concepts can be supported using a modified PBL framework across two different age groups.

How to Implement a Peer Social-Communication Coaching Program for Teens and Young Adults
Ann Gray, MS, CCC-SLP, Owner of Gray Communication Therapy, LLC

This presentation focuses on using Social Thinking concepts, vocabulary, and practice guidelines to train neurotypical peers to fill a coaching role for students with social learning challenges. While there are established peer intervention methods for younger children, the Peer Social-Communication Coaching Program is specifically designed to create a naturalistic social situation where adolescents can practice the ideas and skills they are learning in therapy sessions. Through social-communication “working lunches,” peer coaches engage with teens with social learning weaknesses in a way that does more than just model social skills. Peer interactions expand on “thinking behind the social” in real time. Key ideas and skills taught during a separate peer coach training program not only strengthen peers’ sensitivity to the differences of others, but also provide behaviorally defined strategies for coaches to use during their interactions with students with various Social Thinking–Social Communication Profiles. These peer coaching sessions expand on our small group therapy sessions and provide meaningful experiences for our therapists and clients to refer to when looking for positive examples of social success; they also provide saliency to individual goals. Whether it’s lessening anxiety, increasing “brain in the group” time, or reinforcing the Four Steps of Communication, peer coaching sessions are a valuable asset to social learning intervention plans.

Attend, Interpret, Problem Solve, Respond: Teaching the Foundations of Social Competencies

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, founder of Social Thinking

The Social Thinking Methodology encourages the development of social competencies beyond simply focusing on teaching social skills. What does this mean? In this short course, Michelle will introduce how the Social Thinking Methodology helps establish relevant social attention as the first step in the four-part treatment process of teaching social competencies. The concluding fourth step relates to producing a meaningful social response that meets one of an individual’s social goals.

Through this journey Michelle will explore how social attention drives social input before a person can decide how to formulate their social output. Distinguishing one’s own thoughts and emotions from the thoughts and emotions of others provides an additional layer of information. Participants will use a visual tool, Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model, to understand the relationship between each of these four treatment steps and discuss related treatment priorities. Michelle will also demonstrate the ways in which narrative data can track how students’ social competencies are evolving.

Social Thinking in Schools Across the Ages
Sarah Bartosch, MS, CCC-SLP and Tricia LaPlante, MS, CCC-SLP

In response to the increasing number of students needing social cognitive intervention, the staff in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (Wisconsin) has implemented a continuum of services utilizing Social Thinking frameworks and curricula for students ranging from those in early childhood programming through those transitioning to adulthood (ages 4–18). The continuum of services has grown from a therapeutic pull-out service, delivered only by speech language pathologists, to a more comprehensive model. District programming has expanded to include a specially designed two-year course for credit at the high school level, daily instruction by special educators at the intermediate level, and school-wide implementation by student services personnel at the elementary level. In addition, several groups of regular educators are utilizing Social Thinking Vocabulary and curricula within their classrooms for the benefit of all students. At all levels, pull-out services by special education staff and speech language pathologists continue to be utilized to address the needs of those students who require additional instruction and practice. Over the last eight years, our district teams have gained insight into both the positive impact and the challenges related to the implementation of social intervention programs, as well as the need for a broad continuum of services. In this talk, we will discuss a variety of implementation options that can be tailored to fit within any school setting.

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At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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If you’re registering four or less people for this conference choose the option “Individual/Small Group”.
If you’re registering five or more people, choose the option “Team/Large Group”. Note: only available for those registering as Professionals.

Early Bird Price (through OCT 10)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off

Full Price (OCT 11 - OCT 25)

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
15% Off
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      $196.00
      $171.50
      $245.00
      $208.25
    • 2 Day Pass

      11% Off 2 Day
      $347.20
      $303.80
      $434.00
      $368.90
    • Full 3 day
      Conference

      Up to 20% Off
      $495.20
      $433.30
      $619.00
      $526.15

Early Bird Price (through OCT 10)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$196.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$171.50

1 Day Pass

$183.75

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$347.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$303.80

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$325.50

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$495.20

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$433.30

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$464.25

Full Price (OCT 11 - OCT 25)

1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$245.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$208.25

1 Day Pass

$220.50

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$434.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$368.90

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$390.60

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
20% Off
$619.00

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
30% Off
$526.15

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$557.10

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    Mon Oct 23, 2017

    ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners

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    Tue Oct 24, 2017

    ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems

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    Wed Oct 25, 2017

    4 Courses in 1 Day: Building Social Competencies at School and Beyond

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